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hands, teresa and joe giudice today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud. >> they both admitted to a federal judge that over the better part of a decade they were engaged in a scheme to defraud financial institutions, and the irs. >> it was the culmination of an almost eight-month-long legal fight where federal prosecutors presented evidence that the reality tv stars' lavish lifestyle was funded partially on ill gotten gains. outside the court, teresa giudice's attorney read a statement from her. >> today, i took responsibility for a series of mistakes i made several years ago. i am heart broken that this is affecting my family. >> reporter: wendy feldman has been counskoucounseling the giu every step of their legal ordeal. >> it's stressful to go through this in private, so you compound that by the fact that they're reality stars. it's very tough. >> reporter: s s